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How to Choose the Right Dentist for You

You may be wondering what exactly you should look for when you are in need of a new dental professional. Here, our Pickering dental team offers advice on how to choose the right dentist and what you might want to look for.

What is the dentist's reputation?

Check with your friends and family in the neighbourhood if you would like to learn more about the rapport of the dentist. Most people are happy to share their experience. 

You may also contact your local or provincial dental society for a list of practicing dentists in your area.

Does the dentist make you feel comfortable?

Your relationship with your dentist is an important one, so one of the most essential things to consider is whether you’ll feel comfortable with this person. During your initial consultation or appointment with a new dentist, consider the following:

  • Do they take the time to listen to you as you explain symptoms and ask questions?
  • Do you have fears or anxieties you’d be comfortable expressing, and do they answer your questions about procedures you’ll need effectively?
  • Does the dentist seem to hear and understand your concerns?

Do they offer the dental services that you need?

Advances in dental technology have allowed many dentists to offer a wide range of services. Do the dentists you are considering offer comprehensive services, including preventive, restorative and cosmetic treatments? What about emergency care?

If you or a family member has a specific oral health issue, it may be useful to choose a dentist who specializes in that area.

Is the office close by and do their hours work for you?

Is your new dentist close to home or work? How about public transit? If you drive, is parking convenient? Are there hours convenient for you?

Do they offer accessibility options for those in need?

For patients with special needs, it’s important to make sure that your dental office can accommodate them. From physical accessibility to dental sedation services, this is an important aspect of comprehensive dental care.

What are the financial options?

the cost of your visit can vary depending on location and the services that were completed.

  • Does your dentist follow the current Dental Association Fee Guide for your province?
  • Do they accept your insurance and can they file your insurance claim electronically?
  • Are there multiple payment options (personal checks, credit cards, interest-free payment plans)?

While your health is the most important factor, money is also an issue. Don’t hesitate to ask for an estimate for any procedures. Our administrative team is always here to address any questions or concerns you may have.

How are scheduling and reminders handled?

How does the office manage appointment scheduling, reminders, cancellations and other issues?

What is the appearance of the office?

Is the dental office clean and orderly? Are the receptionists/administrative team welcoming?

Can you visit before making your first appointment to help you make a final decision? We are happy to have patients visit Pickering Smiles at a pre-scheduled time so you can get to know our office. We aim to stay clean and organized in our office. We look forward to answering any questions you may have.

What is the focus of the dentist when it comes to care?

It can be very important to have a dentist that sees things the same way you do with a similar set of morals. Talk to the dentist to learn about his or her approach to their dentist-patient relationships, and whether you two would be a good match.

We are welcoming new patients at our office in Pickering.

Our dentists and team are always happy to welcome new patients to our office. If you are looking for a new dentist in Pickering, we hope you’ll consider us!

If you’d like to request a tour or an initial dental exam at Pickering Smiles, please contact us.

Our Pickering dentists are accepting new patients.

Looking for a dentist in Pickering? You're in the right place! 

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